Department of Communication

What can you do with a communication degree? A better question might be: What can you NOT do with a versatile bachelor's degree that prepares you to be a great communicator, critical thinker, and collaborator? Whether you major or minor in communication at Marian, expect challenging academics and a dynamic, close-knit student experience.

Our program

With a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, you’ll learn, practice, and perfect communication skills that enable you to create, critique, and connect with audiences of all types.

Customize your degree by choosing from four concentrations:

You can also double-down with a double major. In these specially designed programs, you can earn two degrees with a regular semester course load. Several courses count toward both majors, reducing the overall number of required courses. Choose from:

What makes us different?

Students tell us Marian University is more than a place to earn a college degree—it’s a place where they are embraced by kindness and challenged to accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

And while there are many things that make our communication program unique, here are the top five:

  1. No communication tests, textbooks, or lectures.
  2. A community engagement course and other projects in which you’ll make a positive social impact.
  3. At least one internship (and many of our students complete two, three, or more).
  4. A required communication research capstone project.
  5. Departmental co-curricular programs that include MU KnightWatch, an award-winning speech and debate team, and a Speaking Studio.

What will you study?

You will complete a number of required AND elective courses but, in many cases, the courses you choose are up to you.

You’ll work closely with your faculty advisor to build a plan of study that fits your educational and career goals. Examples of communication courses from which you might choose:

  • COM 190: New Media and Digital Culture
  • COM 221: The Art of Dialogue
  • COM 225: Strategic Writing for Communication
  • COM 250: Business & Professional Speaking
  • COM 275: Introduction to Film Production
  • COM 324: Digital Storytelling
  • COM 356: Global/Local Food Narratives
  • COM 367: Writing for New Media

Career opportunities

With a communication degree from Marian, you will be able to pursue a range of entry-level careers in business, industry, health care, technology, education, social services, and other employment sectors.

  • Public relations specialist
  • Content strategist or content manager
  • Sports or entertainment marketing coordinator
  • Global brand manager
  • Blogger, copywriter, editor, or reporter
  • Digital marketing manager
  • Art director, digital film maker, or visual communications manager 
  • Webmaster or Web developer
  • Social media manager
  • Sports and entertainment publicist
  • Regional sales manager
  • Advertising director
  • Media planner or media buyer
  • Content strategist or content manager
  • Community relations specialist

For admission information

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(317) 955-6300 or (800) 772-7264

For program specifics

Rev. George LaMaster, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Communication
(317) 955-6215

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